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Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 18:54 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
With just 34 days to the General Election, NASA Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga has announced a countrywide campaign dubbed the White Hat Clarion, which aims to mobilize the youth towards keeping peace during the upcoming elections.
The campaign is people-driven and aims to inspire the youth who, he says, have a greater stake in the country’s governance. Mr Odinga says the white hat campaign will be rolled out on July 7th , 2017 (famously known as Saba Saba) when they will turn up wearing white hats or bandanas which signal the onset of a people-led peaceful revolution to reclaim Kenya’s lost glory.
Saba Saba is a particularly important day in Kenya as it heralded the quest for the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1990. It culminated in the repeal of Section 2 (a) of the Constitution in 1992 and the return of multi-party democracy in Kenya.
The White Hat Campaign will mark the beginning of the last phase of the NASA campaigns and will see young people converge at Uhuru Park once a week to pray for peace ahead of the elections on August 8.
Mr Odinga says the Saba Saba commemoration will take the Kenyan youth on a liberation journey from August 8th (election day) now being referred to as NANE NANE.
Meanwhile, the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) has finalized organizing the July 7th interdenominational prayer rally at the Uhuru Park grounds in Nairobi tomorrow. The religious leaders inspected the grounds today and made a passionate appeal for peace to the political class.
“Leaders are very concerned about the rising political tension in our nation at this time the elections get close. There’s an internal prayer and cry in the heart of every Kenyan. That God help us not to go the way of 2007/8 Post election violence” said Pastor Mark Kariuki, one of the EAK members.
At least 1,133 Kenyans were killed and 650,000people displaced during the 2007/08 PEV and there are fears that the growing political temperatures could plunge the country to chaos before or after the elections.
“July 7th is known as a day of chaos, demonstrations leading to deaths of people while others are hurt. But we are saying never again will it be used that way. We want to change the history so that everyone on July 7th will gather together as a nation to pray.” he added.